Washington Capitals Free Agent tracker: Sha-Mo no mo’?

The Washington Capitals free agent picture continues to clear as Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider informed us yesterday that although the Caps and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn have been in contact, there have not been any contract negotiations between the two. If the Caps were not to return Morrisonn to the roster not only would they be able to free up $1.975M in salary cap space, but also free up room on the bench to call up Karl Alzner or make a pass at another free agent blueliner.

That, and cut down on the number of boarding penalties the team takes in a season.

Your look at the rest of the Capitals’ free agent class as we inch closer to free agent signing period which opens on July 1st:

Name Pos Age Cap Hit Latest Update Information
Nicklas Backstrom C 22 RFA $6.0M 05/17/10 Signed to a 10-year, $67M deal
Eric Belanger C 31 UFA $1.75M 06/08/10 Interested in a 3 year deal. Also interested in signing with the Montreal Canadiens.
06/15/10 Recent contract discussions reported.
Joe Corvo D 33 UFA $2.625M 06/03/10 Will not be re-signed.
Eric Fehr R 23 RFA $772K 06/08/10 Discussing a multi-year option with the Caps.
Tomas Fleischmann C 25 RFA $725K
Boyd Gordon R 26 RFA $761K
Milan Jurcina D 26 UFA $1.375M
Quintin Laing L 30 UFA $500K
Brendan Morrison C 33 UFA $1.5M 06/14/10 Will not be re-signed.
Shaone Morrisonn D 26 UFA $1.975M 06/15/10 In talks with the Capitals to be re-signed.
06/19/10 No contract negotiations have been made.
Jeff Schultz D 23 RFA $715K
Jose Thedore G 32 UFA $4.5M 06/08/10 No discussions regarding an extension.
Scott Walker R 36 UFA $2.5M 06/03/10 Will not be re-signed.

Current estimation of money saved available to be put towards the cap: $13.1M